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The Real United Nations (with Paddler)


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OK, I'm fed up tinkering with this. It's the last song I've got to do for Amokopera. A lot of tidying left and an overture to finish but this is the last song.

First off, I owe a huge debt to Paddler for this. I sent him a very basic piano and vocal track and asked him to "jazz the piano part up". A cross between Satie and Mrs Mills would be good.

He delivered in spades :-) btw don't blame Richard for the piano sound, I'm afraid that's what I did to it in GB.

Lyrics and melody are by Graeme Hobbs.

Arrangement and vocals are mine (with a huge nod to Richard who gave me lots of ideas).

A short warning, although there is no profanity you might not want to play it to children or those easily offended.

I've not quite got the restrained and subtle orchestration sorted yet.

Cheers

Dick
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said 3594 days ago (January 20th, 2008)
Nice one DWL
This is very reminiscent of Robert Wyatt to me

I love it
DWL said 3593 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
Robert Wyatt?
Yes, I've never thought it like that!

Thanks Bryn!

Cheers

Dick
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Monkaton said 3594 days ago (January 20th, 2008)
Great Song
This is one of the best songs I've heard on MacJams.

It sounds good to me, although the echo on your voice got a bit much at one point (fantasy part). Possibly less prominent in the mix. But the melody, lyrics and arrangement are all top notch.

I also like your voice the plaintive quality at the beginning and the carnival barker at the end.

Great song.
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DWL said 3593 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
oops
screwed up my reply (see post further down!!)

Thanks

Dick
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Peter Bauckham said 3594 days ago (January 20th, 2008)
Good old
Mrs Mills! I can't imagine that this would have been typical of her song subject matter... This must have taken an age to put together - a real masterpiece in the making. Great contributions from Richard - the changes in style are excellent.

Peter
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DWL said 3593 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
I reckon Mrs Mills
would have enjoyed this :-)

I wonder how many are googling her (oo er missus)

Thanks for listening.

Cheers

Dick
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said 3594 days ago (January 20th, 2008)
Strikes Deep
What can I say this is strong, grand and a thousand more other complimentary adjectives...
DWL said 3593 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
Thanks Tom
I'm pleased you appreciated it!

Cheers

Dick
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Vic Holman said 3594 days ago (January 20th, 2008)
the big finish
wow the first part really made you pay attention. Cool idea to then bring it back into the style of the earlier tunes. and who left the barn door open.
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DWL said 3593 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
That pesky barn door
is a private joke between me and Graeme ;-)

There are some very attractive sheep though ....

I wanted this to be a real 'musical' song and my Oliver gene went into overdrive!

Thanks Vic!

Cheers

Dick

Cheers


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Feter said 3594 days ago (January 20th, 2008)
The Real United Nations
very nice song great work and arrngment..emotional and deep start till the last part of showin sarcastic sence of humor somehow .great lyircs for sure just
realy art work my friend thnx for sharin ! .
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DWL said 3593 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
Paddler really helped on the start
you should have heard my piano part. Each hand recorded separately. Richard gave it life and a coherence far beyond my ability. .

Tha bks for your very kind comments Feter.

Peace.

Cheers

Dick
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Moviz said 3594 days ago (January 20th, 2008)
Dick
This is great stuff. I love it when you do these 'Musical' excerpt type songs. You have a great voice with so much expression; it sounds as if this is a professional recording from a show with you the Star, it's just great.... and just WHAT are you doing with that sheep I just heard? Didn't know you were Welsh LOLOL, really enjoyed this, cheers M
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Moviz said 3594 days ago (January 20th, 2008)
Of course
Richard's piano sounds great too, so all in all a good collaboration, cheers again M
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DWL said 3593 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
Welsh?
:-))))

Not sure our cousins across the water would understand that and I'm too nice to mention Deliverance.

Thanks Maurice, nice to see you appreciated it!

Cheers

Dick





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said 3594 days ago (January 20th, 2008)
smooooooth
Very smooth. Great lyrics, great voice. . .great song. I'm amazed at the "character" of voices here at MacJams. That's one thing I admire in a musician, and you definitely have it.

Is this for a musical? Ending shift is HILARIOUS!!!!!!! Caught me completely off guard.

Echo at the fantasy part sound wonderful in my opinion. I don't feel like it's too much at all.
DWL said 3590 days ago (January 24th, 2008)
Thanks Mr ebay
Yes, it is for a musical http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=661117

Comments are much appreciated and I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

Cheers

Dick
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sloparts said 3593 days ago (January 20th, 2008)
Some of the best work I've heard Dick
You're putting together a masterful opera by the sound of this take.
Everything is right where it should be in the mix and Richard's piano is top drawer. You vocal is the best I've hear from you Dick, congratulations for an excellent job.

The theme harks back to the 60's Make love not war era, which ain't such a bad idea.

Bravo to you and Richard

Ed
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DWL said 3590 days ago (January 24th, 2008)
Blimey Ed, thanks
Great to get such positive comments :-)

It makes it all worthwhile.

Cheers

Dick


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echoroom said 3593 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
Mrs satie
So this is how it ends... quietly, thoughtfully, but with loads of shagging. Great vocal and a lovely song, but its hard not to think of this as part of the whole. A fitting ending to a really accomplished project.
See you in the West End!

steve
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DWL said 3590 days ago (January 24th, 2008)
Not with a whimper
Thanks for your support Steve!

That's the songs done now a tidy up and the incidental music ......

Cheers

Dick
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DWL said 3593 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
Reverb is not a strong point
I'm either putting on too much or not enough!

Great comments Mr M.

Lots of thanks due to Mr Hobbs and Richard who gave me a great platform to work from.

And many thanks to you!

Cheers

Dick
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Rebsie said 3593 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
Orgasmic
Reverb is a subjective thing, but as far as I'm concerned you got it perfect on this one.

You already know what I think of your singing voice, and this is as good an example as any of how versatile it is. It's got sweetness and power, and your comic timing is superb. Graeme's lyrics are a big help too of course, as he has such a gift for getting natural speech rhythms into orderly verse structures.

It's been a real privilege for me to see this song evolving. You've built it up into something pretty amazing.

Off to have a cold shower now.
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DWL said 3590 days ago (January 24th, 2008)
And thanks for your help and support!
I really appreciate it!

Cheers

Dick
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peacepiano said 3593 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
Wild Ride
Dick, this song somber and takes off in unexpected directions. Another diverse installment in the Amok catalogue. Paddler does a great job on the piano part, definitely adding a special flair to the song.

Thanks
Bill
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DWL said 3590 days ago (January 24th, 2008)
Yes, Richard did a fine job!
He really lifted my attempt at piano and then made the second part better than I could have imagined.

Thanks Bill.

Cheers

Dick
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paul f. page said 3593 days ago (January 21st, 2008)
You succeed...
...on so many levels: the song itself; the vocal rendition; the orchestration; the concept; the collaboration with so many others. This is a superb ending. I am agog (never used that word in me life!) at the versatility you bring to this. Just amazing...and so very satisfying. Now...to stage the whole thing...
(Piano is wonderful throughout. How did you pull all of this together...a rhetorical question.)
Peace.
Paul
P.S. I like the sheep. The perfect touch at the end.
Oh, and who the heck is Mrs. Mills? Now I've got to look it up.
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DWL said 3588 days ago (January 26th, 2008)
Mrs Mills?
By now you'll have found out she was British piano playing icon in the 60s ;-)

I dunno about the song but I was impressed with your comments.

I thank you very much Mr Page.

Cheers

Dick
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said 3592 days ago (January 22nd, 2008)
great job
what a great vocal, dick - that first section just sent me!
the piano/chimes/big drums are so classy.
change in mood produced large grin.
i'm so glad i got off my ear's butt to hear this.
fabulous job, gentlemen.
anne
DWL said 3588 days ago (January 26th, 2008)
Good vocals?
Wow, that's a real compliment coming from such fine voices!

I'm pleased you got off your butt as well ;-)

Cheers

Dick
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Epileptic Gibbon said 3592 days ago (January 22nd, 2008)
I thought I
heard a bit of Satie on there.

Good song and no complaints. :)
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DWL said 3588 days ago (January 26th, 2008)
Satie was what I asked for
and Richard managed to get exactly what I was looking for.

Thanks Ian.

Cheers

Dick
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damiengh said 3591 days ago (January 23rd, 2008)
consistant
Consistant quality from a quality Gent.

Nice one. Let us all know when the CD of the whole amokopera is out.

Now you just have get the thing into production and bring it to New York.
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DWL said 3588 days ago (January 26th, 2008)
Consistency is the name of the game
and I've no idea how I've managed it.

I don't know where we go to from here. Let's wait and see.

Thanks for your support and encouragment Damien.

Cheers

Dick
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davisamerica said 3591 days ago (January 23rd, 2008)
right then DWL
simply wonderful.... such a huge task very well done... paddler has added a very nice touch.... "massive orgy"..lol... such a musical trip.... hats off sir!
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DWL said 3588 days ago (January 26th, 2008)
Yo, thank you kindly!
I really appreciate the +ve comments.

Cheers

Dick
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guitapick said 3590 days ago (January 24th, 2008)
Outstanding, guys...
If you had the vote mech up, it would be straight 10s across the board.

Downloaded and onto my iPod...thanks...
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DWL said 3588 days ago (January 26th, 2008)
Don't believe in votes
but a 10 from from one such as yourself would be a reward indeed :-)

Cheers

Dick


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lavalamp said 3589 days ago (January 25th, 2008)
Great job
This is a really great job, Dick. Super vocals. Very English.
Dave
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DWL said 3588 days ago (January 26th, 2008)
English is good!
I'm good at being English and it's important that this is English :-)

Cheers

Dick
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bud said 3589 days ago (January 25th, 2008)
You're one helluva versatile guy Dick
This is a great piece of music - with an incredible vibe and range. Love it!
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DWL said 3585 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
Versatility ?
I reckon it comes with age :-)

Many thanks Bud

Cheers

Dick
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ktb said 3588 days ago (January 26th, 2008)
brilliant
Your voice is simply incredible. The piano and orchestration is really cool. The break blows my mind! wow, picks up jaw off floor. What an original and completely innovative comp! Bravo
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DWL said 3585 days ago (January 29th, 2008)
Im stunned!
Thanks for listening and the very positive comments.

Cheers

Dick


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lengold said 3583 days ago (January 31st, 2008)
How on earth did I miss this????
What a great song! Really good fun and so distinctly British as always. Excellent work from all of you. 69 out of 69. Sorry for missing it.
Cheers
Len


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DWL said 3583 days ago (January 31st, 2008)
No problems Len
always good to hear from you!

Thanks a lot. 69 ? :-)

Cheers

Dick


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Barretok said 3582 days ago (February 1st, 2008)
Beautiful!
This is really beautiful in every way. Lyrics, vocals, performance. I like it very much.
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DWL said 3580 days ago (February 3rd, 2008)
Many thanks Mr B!
I'm very pleased you liked it :-)

Cheers

Dick
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ceilidh said 3580 days ago (February 3rd, 2008)
Dick,
you make music, which is entirely and utterly professional, carefully worked out till the very last detail, listenable to big masses but yet very smart, intelligent and fresh, and the most of all it is truly huge fun to be listened to. You are a Mr. Musician.
Hats off!

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DWL said 3580 days ago (February 3rd, 2008)
Ceilidh!
I think that's probably one of the nicest comments I've ever had and I thank you very much :-)

I'm very pleased you appreciate what I do.

Cheers

Dick


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BoiAfrica said 3579 days ago (February 4th, 2008)
Gorgeous
I love it. This is a wonderfully well-rounded and professional piece and of course you've probably thought of adding this to a show, I see something called 'War & Penis Envy' or something else better, completely irreverent and delicious.

Simply great.
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DWL said 3578 days ago (February 5th, 2008)
Thank you !
Your comments are very much appreciated and the title is great!

It is in fact already part of a musical called The AmokOpera or The Lottery of Life http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=661117

Cheers

Dick

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said 3571 days ago (February 12th, 2008)
Thanks


Hi

This is really good ,I agree i loved your lyrics too


Peace

Dee.
alexweiler said 3570 days ago (February 13th, 2008)
bat out of hell meets brian
to me it starts like a Jim Steinman and continues like a monty python. O.k. - pardon me for the title and away with comparisons ... very original songwriting, arrangement and performance from a proper dream team. I really like it!
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DWL said 3538 days ago (March 16th, 2008)
Thanks Alex
I was never really sure where it was going to go but with the strong melody line and lyrics that Graeme wrote for the 2nd part I didn't have much choice ;-)

Cheers

Dick
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VicDiesel said 3560 days ago (February 23rd, 2008)
Fun fun fun
The music hall bit was a bit of a surprise, but excellently done.
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Ibstrat said 3553 days ago (February 29th, 2008)
Amazing
creativity in this.Don't know how you came up with this but it's a real jem.It even includes my favorite ending riff!
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saymme said 3544 days ago (March 10th, 2008)
: )
TENS ! in my book (: )wow...lissening now....a tear at first then HAPPY : ) : ) : ) !!!!!!!!!
Y E S Lol !!!!!!!
hahahhahahahahahahhaha this is absolutely AWESOME . . . Only thing I can say is I'd LOVE to hear both of You singing ( 8 !
WOW WHAT AN ENDING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hhiihihih I LOVE it when songs have so totally different things it like this has, why don't You get together & SING ? Our western world is soooo sadly focused on what you sing in the beginning....sexuality . SEPERATED . From ALL . . SO SAD . . . we have alot to learn from other Countries /People in this matter think it would be great if there was a blend of the two cause western world needs to put back the unbeleivable miracle of what making love actually LEADS to if not interupted with another little Miracle that is a HUMANBEING & not a 'thing from Mars' - take alook in the forum*Don't overlook* I almost cried when I saw that little baby -Ledebs UTube fav . Yesterday there was an add in the news about tripplets - one in 2miljon! As they were "tube-fertilized" we say in swedish, with only ONE not three !!! Alot of diapers for them a year Lol !
GREAT LYRICS...'Just lye back & think of England...'...try some sexual intercourse.....' Hahhaahha YOU GOT IT

saymme said 3544 days ago (March 10th, 2008)
..tx
'.....no more penisenvy..' G R E A T thats just awesome( 8 )

tx to You Both & GRAEM HOBBS
paddler said 3541 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
I'm a bit late..
but this may be the song that gets be back to macjams - I hadn't listened to this since u were in the middle of recording it - er that was a while ago.I think I'm a lightweight macjammer - I did a couple of collaborations around then and that was me - shagged out for a few months.Hearing this again though is marvelous - really enjoyed it! - good to see your still writing stuff.I've been busy wiv a woman - no more said..a nudge is a as good as a wink to a blind bat etc.Great stuff! - didnt know u put all the bells and orchestra on it - sounds dead proffessional and hits me somwhere between withnail and I / a certain carousel on Brighton Beach.The sheep - the sheep.hahaha
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Doug Somers said 3518 days ago (April 5th, 2008)
And I'm a bit later....
Brilliant.

Brilliant.

Absolutely bloody brilliant.

Doug
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tokai said 3511 days ago (April 12th, 2008)
some thing else
and now its time for some thing completely different. very good and funny, extremely british.

rodger walters meets bill bailey

great stuff
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sloparts said 3503 days ago (April 20th, 2008)
Having to do with positive comments Dick
I came back for another listen, and this is simply the most delightful song I've heard in a long while. I stopped by your place to see what you've been up to and after looking through your tunes I came back for another listen to this one.

After listening again I agree whole heartedly with my original comments. This is one of, if not the, best pieces of work I've ever heard you do. I just had to give you another vote of congratulations for a job well done.

Kudos and Bravo my friend.

Ed
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cchaplin said 3458 days ago (June 4th, 2008)
Music Hall
Well, I'm glad I met you at the pub the other night with Len and Peter, because I'm now discovering some of your incredible tunes. I really like this, it has great timing, and stage presence (if that makes any sense to you ?).
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Moses said 3269 days ago (December 10th, 2008)
Haha
magnificent!! This was so much fun! Great lyrics and melody. Music is so much fun isn't it? Really enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing =)
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davisamerica said 3157 days ago (April 1st, 2009)
yeah ...
still a great track
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Char said 2438 days ago (March 21st, 2011)
You don't
make it easy...you make it great. Thanks.
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